Sesame Soba Karaage Lunch Box
Sesame Soba Karaage Bento Recipe
I am using Ikea’s 365+ rectangular lunch box with three inner compartments. You can use any microwave-safe lunchbox with a similar 1-litre capacity.
This lunch box keeps well at room temperature for half a day. If placed in the fridge, microwave the chicken karaage to warm it up before eating. The soba noodles can be enjoyed as a cold noodle or at room temperature.
SESAME SOBA NOODLES
- 50g dried soba noodles
- 1 tbsp Japanese goma (sesame) salad dressing use half-calorie version for lower carbs
- 1 tsp light soy sauce to taste
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1/4 peeled carrot shredded
- half bell pepper (capsicum) sliced to long thin strips
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp chopped spring onions
- 1/8 tsp garlic salt to taste
- pepper powder to taste
- soba cooking water use 1 tbsp at a time as needed
REST OF THE LUNCH BOX
- 200g cooked chicken karaage see cooking note below
- 2 serving of salad greeens
- halved cherry tomatoes & thinly sliced cucumber
- 1 ramen egg halved
- lemon wedges
- Cook soba noodles. Bring a pot of water to boil, add soba and cook according to package instructions. Drain noodles in a colander and cool down under running tap water. Reserve half cup of soba cooking water.
- Make sesame soba noodles. In a large bowl, add goma salad dressing, light soy sauce and sesame oil. Stir with a spatula to mix well. Then add cooked soba, carrot, bell pepper, sesame seeds, spring onions, garlic salt & pepper. Toss to coat everything evenly in the sauce, adding soba cooking water to bind everything together. Season to taste.
- Assemble Lunch Box. Divide the sesame soba noodles, chicken karaage and salad equally among two lunch boxes (I’m using Ikea’s 1-litre 365 lunchbox).
- Chicken karaage. Buy cooked karaage from the supermarket deli OR bake/deep fry frozen karaage according to the packaging instructions. You can also make karaage from scratch if you have time.
- Salad dressing. I didn’t have a salad dressing on the day I packed this bento, so I just squeezed some lemon juice over the salad.